Monday: Corn

Oct 28, 2013   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed the date in English and Spanish and wrote it in number form.  Maggie is the calendar and meteorologist for this week. She was not here yet today.   We put the numbers on the calendar, discussed the patterns and found the day of the week in Spanish. Reviewed the colors, shapes, Spanish, Sign Language and Sight words.   

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the children learned about mud.  Today the children told me everything they know about corn.  Fun facts:  Corn is produced on every continent of the world with the exception of Antarctica.  Grits are small broken grains of corn.  They were first produced by Native Americans centuries ago.  Corn was grown only by the Indians of North, Central and South America.  Petrified corn cobs that are over 5000 years old have been found in ancient Indian villages in the Western Hemisphere.  When Columbus’s ships landed in what is now the West Indies, he traded with the Indians and took corn home with him to Spain. The Indian name for corn was MA-HIZ which the early settlers began to call maize.  The Indians of North America helped save the settlers from starvation during their first winter in America by providing them with corn to eat. The Indians also shared their methods of preparing corn with the settlers.  This included corn bread, corn pudding, corn soup and fried corn cakes.  Corn was so valuable in the days of the early settlers that it was used as money and traded for meat and furs.  Corn is completely domesticated, it cannot exist as a wild plant.

Creative Development: Discussed: Have you seen a cornstalk? Corn plants are called stalks.  They grow to be quite tall.  Invited the children to squat down low and pretend to be a seed. I had them start growing slowly as they started to stand up.  I had them reach really high to be a tall cornstalk. We then pretend to sway in the wind.  I showed them the corn art they will be doing in afternoon centers.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What part of your body do you think is bigger than a corncob? What do you think is smaller? We had a corncob cut from paper about  6-7 inches. Each child told me a body part that they thought was bigger or smaller than the corncob. I then had that child come up and we measured the body part to see if it was longer or shorter like the child said.  Each child had a turn to come up and measure a part of their body.

Physical Development: Discussed: Have you tasted popcorn?  We had a parachute that the children could hold onto.  We put balls on the parachute and the children moved it up and down to watch the balls pop like popcorn.  We shook fast and slow to notice what the popcorn “balls” did.  Discussed how the movement of kernels  changes as the shaking speed changes.  They played with this a long time.  Carter liked climbing under the parachute and watch it over his head. He was cracking up.  Harper would get us the balls as they would fall off and bring them back to us.  We looked at popcorn kernels also and discussed how it is corn and we put heat and oil and it will pop to make popcorn.

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: How high can you count?  I had the children count to 20.  We then looked at the journal page and showed them how to make an ear of corn. I then put prints on the corn with a crayon and the children had to keep track of how many I had and tell me when to stop. I could only put 20 on their.

Show and Tell:  Crazy hair day-  The children were to all have Crazy hair.  Thomas had cool colors in his hair, Gretchen had 6 pony tails in her hair and Bo spiked his hair.  We only had 4 kids participate in this.  We discussed more and less as we counted those that had crazy hair and those that did not.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:Outside play Center 2: My Little Journal-The children will go to the 20 page and draw a corn cob.  They will then use a crayon to make a circle mark by pushing it on the paper.  They will make 20 marks as corn on the cob.   Center 3:  Growing Corn Art-  The children will dip the bubble wrap in paint and make prints on the corncob to resemble kernels.  Used the green paper to make the husk or leaves.  We taped the corncob  to a craft stick.  The children then untwisted the string and glued it to the end of the corncob to represent the silky tassel.   


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